Good boards can help good schools become great schools. Poor boards can also tear good schools down. The common mistakes that boards make are not usually the result of wrong intent—in fact, it’s normally quite the opposite. But good intent applied to misunderstood circumstances can have a detrimental effect.
William D. McGee has spent 23 years as the head of four independent schools, including eight years at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas and six years at Jackson Preparatory School, Mississippi. Since 2008, he has served as Head Master at Hill Country Christian School of Austin, Texas, leading Texas classical school. Bill is an expert in independent school leadership, governance and planning, and is in great demand as a speaker and organizational facilitator. He serves on the board of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and is the past President of the Texas Private School Association (formerly TANS). He lives in Austin, Texas.